If you’re like us, you appreciate a well-written obituary. Fascinating details about a life, poetic language, snippets of history… all these things come together in a great obit. It’s why The Obit Report has been featuring notable obituaries for ordinary folks: you don’t have to be famous to have an interesting story or moving obituary.
These Obit Report profiles of the not-so-famous have been contributed by members of SPOW, the Society of Professional Obituary Writers. On their Obituary Forum blog, SPOW is currently taking votes for the year’s best obituary writing. The People’s Picks awards celebrate writers in categories like Tributes, Average Joe, Regional Figure, and Internationally Famous Individual. Each category includes links to the competing obituaries; you can vote in as many categories as you like.
The winners will be honored at SPOW’s national convention on May 13th in St. Petersburg, Florida. We hope you’ll take a few moments to read some great writing and vote for your favorites.